Anyway, today was Meet the Teacher day for our elementary school. I could not be more pleased that Annie (6) and Libby (9) both have outstanding, experienced teachers who are both believers.
As I mentioned last year, because of her summer birthday and her immaturity, we decided to hold Annie back. We've enjoyed our year together, she is entering kindergarten with a good start on reading, and she is MORE THAN READY. We've been counting the days since, well, since January.
Last week we had all traipsed over to the middle school with Neal (12) and Allie (13) on schedule-pickup day. This morning, Annie matter-of-factly informed me, "We're going to my school today. I need to pick up my schedule." Whew! I thought she was ready for kindergarten, but maybe she's ready for...college?
Libby's teacher was in my Moms In Touch group a few years ago, and her teenage daughter (an outstanding young lady) has babysat for us. God is so good.
Not all years have been this fortunate. We tell our kids they are responsible for the work, whether or not their teacher appears to have taught the material. They are also responsible to be respectful of those teachers by virtue of their position, even if they do not appear worthy of their respect. Furthermore, we also tell them we wield the authority to assign homework, even if the teacher does not. Some years have tested this more than others, but in general, the kids are learning to get the most out of school, and I'm learning when to get involved (rarely) and when to just watch and wait.
Since this was grocery day, I had to stock up on "school food." I'm not sure what we've been eating for the last three months, but by the looks of the two overloaded carts (plus two children) I pushed around Walmart today, four of our kids obviously have NOT been each eating a sandwich, some yogurt, a piece of fruit and a cookie every day this summer. It will be good for Neal to go back to school, because I know for a fact that he ate Ramen noodles for lunch almost every day during the months of July and August. I will not disclose how many times our family ate cereal for dinner.
I'm still working on visiting those of you who have been so kind to introduce yourselves (keep 'em coming!). I haven't had this much fun in over a year of blogging. I always had a hunch our little corner of the blogosphere was a great place, but this confirms it.
Y'all are awesome!